The 2019 Poetry Competition

2019 Poetry Competition

We are thrilled to launch our 2019 Poetry Competition.

Please see the details below – you can enter by filling out a paper form (downloadable) or by using the online submission form at the bottom of the page. Before submitting your entries, please be sure to read the rules.

Poetry Competition


Prizes: 1st: £500, 2nd: £250, 3rd: £100


Poetry judge: Jo Bell


Poetry maximum length: 40 lines

The Poetry prize is sponsored by Stroud Festival

The Poetry Competition is open to international entries

Entry Fees


Poetry: £5 for first entry, £3 for each additional entry


Competition Dates


Competition opens: 01 June 2019

Deadline for submissions: 22 September 2019

Winners notified by: 20 October 2019

Prizes awarded at Stroud Book Festival: 6-10 November 2019


2019 Competition Entry

Entries can be submitted here using the form or by post. If submitting by post please download the appropriate form from the section above.

Before entering please make sure that you have read the rules.

 Stroud Book Festival 2018: Graphic representation of Stroud town: